Plant Care Devil in the Bush

Devil in the Bush

About Devil in the Bush

Devil in the Bush is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Devil in the Bush likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Devil in the Bush belongs to the Nigella genus, and is native to Macaronesia and the Mediterranean to Iran.

Taxonomy

Nigella damascena
Nigella
Ranunculaceae
Ranunculales

Also known as

Devil-in-the-bush, Love in a mist, Love-in-a-mist and Ragged lady

How to care for Devil in the Bush

💦 Water

How often to water your Devil in the Bush

Water needs for Devil in the Bush
0.5 cups
every 9

Devil in the Bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Devil in the Bush

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Devil in the Bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Devil in the Bush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Devil in the Bush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Devil in the Bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Devil in the Bush in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Devil in the Bush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Devil in the Bush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Devil in the Bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Devil in the Bush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Devil in the Bush prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Devil in the Bush requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Devil in the Bush does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Devil in the Bush is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Devil in the Bush grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Devil in the Bush can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Devil in the Bush can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Devil in the Bush

Devil in the Bush

Devil in the Bush


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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